Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie

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Born in 1967, Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie is an established artist living and working in Gairloch, NW Scotland. Brought up in remote rural areas of the Highlands of Scotland, Lynn studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 1990.

She enjoys creating in a variety of media and exploring new methods of working.  She has exhibited widely and taken part in several community and international projects including The Big Picture, Wild Wood , Landfill art,  an International Art Symposium in Russia and is currently collaborating with an Indian artist to create Ceangal, a series of international artist residencies in the NW Highlands. A major project in connection with this was a schools participatory project supported by SNH at Beinn Eighe Nature reserve in collaboration with Indian artist, Somu Desai.  She also travelled to India in January 2012 to further develop Ceangal.

In her painting and drawing works she successfully expresses the emotion of the often isolating atmosphere of the Highlands.

She has also worked out of the box, most recently completing an installation work at Inverewe Garden, intended to engage the viewer to consider their sense of place.

Lynn also finds her body a perfect medium to express her artist context and has recently done a performance on Displacement which is an on-going project.

Living in a remote rural area, Lynn has learned to adapt and create opportunities for herself and the area she lives in.  She is open to new ideas and is always looking to expand her boundaries in her field of interest of people and place.  She connects with the issues of people and place globally and enjoys interacting with people and developing and understanding cutlures around the world.

Solo shows

Solo Exhibition       Eden Court Theatre Inverness            1991

 Projects

Wild Wood Community Project        Gairloch           1993

Exchange Group Trip – Wild Wood           Poland      1995

The Big Picture         Highlands        1997

Landfill art project           International         ongoing

Breath of the Epos –international art symposium     Elabuga, Russia                                     2010

Smiles      Warsaw    2011

Beinn Eighe schools participatory project        Beinn Eighe, Scotland                          2011

 Mixed shows

An Talla Solais       Ullapool    2005, 2006, 2007

West Coast Open 3        An Talla Solais Ullapool       2007

Highland Open studios    Lime tree, Fort William        2007

Highland Art Fair       Strathpeffer       2007

Macmillan show       Strathpeffer          2008

Highland Open Studios          Beauly        2008

Highland Art Show          Strathpeffer     2008

Postcards for sick kids          Edinburgh         2008

An Talla Solais – West coast open 4     Ullapool      2008

An Talla Solais – members show 5       Ullapool       2009

Highland open studios        Eden court theatre, Inverness     2009

Macmillan highland art fair       Foulis Castle         2009

Salon de Refuses       Tore Gallery           2009

Christmas show     Beauly Gallery       2009

ESSA show          Edinburgh           2009

Strathpeffer art fair      Strathpeffer        2009

Members Christmas show         An Talla Solais, Ullapool    2009

Highland Hospice show        Beauly     2010

 An Talla Solais           Ullapool       2010

ESSA      Edinburgh     2010

Artswap 2010        International      2010

Postcards for sick kids          Edinburgh         2010

Art off the rock          Stirling    2010

Highland Art Fair      Strathpeffer       2010

Twitterartshow       Moss,Norway        2010

Artswap II       International       2010

Smiles       Warsaw        2011

Joint shows
Elements        Gairloch heritage museum       2007Elements II         Macphail Centre, Ullapool        2007

Gallery Artists   Regent Gallery, Somerset April/May2009

Fine Lines – joint show with Kate Mackay    Regent Gallery, Somerset June      2009

Mixed show      Beauly Gallery        2009

Mixed show      The Studio, Fortrose       2009

Beauly Gallery     Beauly – May – July    2010

Breath of the Epos – Ivan Shishkin gallery   Elaguba, Russia & to tour    2010 ongoing

Joint show    Galerie Sigvardson, Denmark   2010

Mixed shows      Inchmore Gallery, Inverness      2010/2011

 Collaboration

Ceangal – director          Scottish Highlands/International      2011 ongoing

I have over the years done various works for illustration purposes including Visitscotland, wedding invitations and Two Lochs radio. I have been interviewed for several blogs online. Some of my works are on permanent show in Bridge Cottage Gallery, Poolewe , and I am a member of Highland Open Studios from 2007- present, An Talla Solais, Ullapool, Visual Arts Scotland

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